Police understanding of the foundations of their legitimacy in the eyes of the public: The case of commanding officers in the Israel National Police

Tal Jonathan-Zamir, Amikam Harpaz

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Abstract

The dialogic approach to legitimacy postulates that a complete picture of police legitimacy requires considering not only citizens' views, but also police understanding of their legitimacy and the interaction between the two. This article addresses a particular aspect of police perceptions of their legitimacy in the eyes of the public: the foundations of their external legitimacy. The analysis reveals that, in contrast to the priorities of citizens as reflected in community surveys, Israeli commanding police officers associate their external legitimacy more with their accomplishments in fighting crime than with procedural justice. We consider the implications of these findings for Israeli policing, as well as in relation to the 'legitimacy as a dialogue' approach and legitimacy research more generally.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)469-489
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from British Friends of the Hebrew University to the Jerusalem Forum on Criminal Justice.

Keywords

  • Israel
  • Legitimacy
  • officer attitudes
  • policing
  • procedural justice

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